One of the best ways to scratch that football itch in the offseason is betting on the long list of available NFL props.
From the top QBs to which WRs and RBs will rack up the most yards, football fans can wager on just about anything and anyone in the NFL. We talked to sportsbooks to see which props and players are drawing the most action as NFL training camps kick off:
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos – Total Passing Yards (Under 4,750.5)
Even with the addition of Wes Welker and another camp to fine tune timing with the receivers, prop bettors expect Manning to throw for less than 4,750.5 yards in 2013. Last year, in his first season with the Broncos, Peyton posted 4,659 passing yards.
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys – Total Passing Yards (Under 4,725.5)
There was a coup in Arlington this offseason, with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones ripping the playbook out of head coach Jason Garrett’s hands and leaving the offense to Bill Callahan. That could lead to less deep looks for Romo and a more balanced attack. Dallas is even utilizing a pistol offense in camp this summer.
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks – Total Rushing Yards (Under 1,475.5)
With Russell Wilson’s expanded role in the offense after such a great rookie campaign, prop bettors are expecting a swing in the offense. Seattle added speedster Percy Harvin and the ground game could suffer. Lynch rushed for 1,590 yards, so oddsmakers are already adjusting for a demotion.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings – Total Rushing Yards (Over 1,750)
So what is “All Day” going to do for an encore? After flirting with the single-season rushing record, Peterson isn’t expected to get close to the 2,097 yards he rumbled for last year. But bettors believe he’ll at least get more than 1,750, with 82 percent of this prop’s action leaning over.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers – Most TD Passes
Rodgers connected for 39 TD passes in 2012 and had 45 throws find pay dirt in 2011. He’s involved in as many as eight QB-versus-QB matchups for most TD passes and is drawing the major of action in most of those props. Rodgers is a 3.5-TD fave over Tom Brady, a 1.5-TD fave vs. Drew Brees and a 7.5-TD fave against Eli Manning.
E.J. Manuel, Buffalo Bills – NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
Action on the former FSU star has move Manuel from +1,200 to +600 to win the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2013. Buffalo has a QB battle on its hands with Manuel trying to win the No. 1 gig over Kevin Kolb. Rams rookie WR Tavon Austin is the RoY fave at +300.